Special Sessions


Accepted Special Sessions

  1. Theoretical Foundations of System Engineering (THEFOSE)
  2. Modeling and Simulation-based Systems Engineering


Theoretical Foundations of System Engineering (THEFOSE)

Aims of the session:

System engineering has experienced multiple successes over the years in various industrial projects with a strong emphasis in defense and aerospace. Recently, system engineering have gained several contributions from theory however the field still lacks a strong theoretical foundation. This request for more theoretical foundations come from both academia and industry in order to make the best of system engineering practices and experience in increasingly multidisciplinary projects. Several research topics need to be addressed such as formal definitions of system engineering terms and concepts, systems semantics, systems ontologies, model composability, category theory and system engineering, complexity theory of multidisciplinary systems, formal analysis of system engineering processes and standards but also all theoretical computer science impacts on languages (e.g. SysML) and tools used by system engineers. This session contributors will also provide papers discussing the integration of quantitative methods into MBSE methods and processes. Examples of quantitative methods include formal methods, value driven design, petri-nets, design space optimization. This session will also deal with issues on the integration of quantitative methods into SysML and its variants. Finally, the session will also call for papers proposing new research directions and tutorial papers in the theoretical foundations of system engineering.


Prof. Omar Hammami, ENSTA PARISTECH, France
Dr. William Edmonson, NC A&T State University, National Institute of Aerospace , USA
Dr. Dominique Ernadote, Airbus Defence and Space, France


Modeling and Simulation-based Systems Engineering

Aims of the session:

The main objective of the special session is to collect contributions addressing M&S (Modeling and Simulation) as a key enabler for the engineering of complex systems and systems of systems.

M&S methodologies and technologies are recognized themselves as a valuable output in an engineering activity and their cross-domain capitalization is one of the key elements to further advance the future practices in Systems Engineering.

Specifically, the special session aims to collect significant research contributions that have been developed by members affiliated to the Italian Chapter of INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering).

INCOSE is an international not-for-profit membership organization founded to develop and disseminate the interdisciplinary principles and practices that enable the realization of successful systems.

The organizing committee groups researchers and industry practitioners who carry out research and development activities in the M&S-based systems engineering field.


  • Eugenio Brusa, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy
  • Andrea D'Ambrogio, Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata", Roma, Italy
  • Alfredo Garro, Università della Calabria, Rende (CS), Italy
  • Carlo Poloni, Università di Trieste, Trieste, Italy
  • Lucio Tirone, ASTER Spa, Italy

Contact person

Prof. Andrea D'Ambrogio
Università di Roma "Tor Vergata"
Dip. di Ingegneria dell'Impresa
Via del Politecnico, 1
00133 Roma (Italy)
Email: [email protected]
Phone/Fax: +39 06 72597381